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The Menil Collection, considered by many to be overall the best museum in Texas, is 20 years old this month!! Even as we celebrate this milestone and all the people (many of whom are gone) who've helped the instution get here, we look forward with interest to what the next 20 years will bring: will the Menil try to develop its collection? What types of exhibitions should they be doing? How best to keep the museum relevant and at the top of its game? In the near term, how will the team of director Josef Helfenstein and curator Franklin Sirmans affect the place? Helfenstein is a well-liked and respected academic with little seeming taste for the thrust and parry of directorial politics; Sirmans is known for the terrific group shows he curated in the last eight years, as well as the Basquiat show at MFAH last year. It'll be interesting to see what they cook up. The Menil is 20; long live the Menil!

also by Rainey Knudson
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